14 January, 2011
Volume 16 No. 2
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In This Issue

Summer STEM Opportunities from the Siemens Foundation

NCTM Guide to the Common Core State Standards

Math Mondays with George Hart


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops

Praxis II prep:
Moving to Math


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Summer STEM Opportunities from the Siemens Foundation

The Siemens Foundation offers two different fellowships for professional development in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Apply for either all-expenses-paid summer program by February 15.

The Siemens STEM Institute promotes hands-on, real-world integration of STEM in the classroom. STEM Fellows will meet leading scientists and innovators "whose work across STEM disciplines shape and define our world today."

This week-long immersion program, limited to 50 educators, takes place at Discovery Communications, in Silver Spring, Maryland.


The Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) Fellowships engage middle school and high school STEM teachers with top scientists in short-term research projects. Collaborating in small teams, STARs Fellows will conduct research on current topics of national interest. They will also receive additional training and resources to incorporate research into their math and science classrooms.

This two week-long opportunity, limited to 20 educators, takes place at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee.


PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"That problem was easy when I knew what to do. I am glad because I like poem problems."
- Colin, reflecting on the last Pre-Algebra PoW

NCTM Guide to the Common Core State Standards


The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has just published a guide to interpreting and implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Making It Happen, sold as an eBook with or without executive summary, helps teachers, teacher leaders, and supervisors make sense of CCSSM and implement the vision that it shares with NCTM.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"In 2011-2012, we will still be tested on the 2005 standard. After the NYS assessment, we should begin the new CCSS. We will be first tested on the CCSS during the 2012-2013 school year."
- Barb, posted to the middle school (grades 5-8) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Math Mondays with George Hart


Just over a year ago now, George Hart began posting short descriptions and photographs of mathematical craft projects and puzzles. One Monday last October, he shared pictures of star-like constructions made out of drinking straws and twine; over three consecutive weeks in August, he featured mathematical quilts, followed by mathematical crochet, then mathematical needlepoint.

Selecting these Math Mondays as a "Best of MAKE:2010," MAKE Magazine summed up Hart's weekly column as "covering the wonders of mathematics through a series of crafty projects. It's math and science meets arts, crafts, and various forms of making (from papercraft to wood- and metalworking, to playing with your food)."

A project of O'Reilly Media, Inc., MAKE describes itself as a hybrid magazine/book that "brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life.... [and] celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will."

MAKE's Maker Faire provides students with ideas for projects in arts, crafts, engineering, green design, food, music, science and technology:


A sculptor, professor, and author periodically highlighted in the Math Forum Internet News over the years, Hart currently serves as the Chief of Content for the Museum of Mathematics, which archives the same column in stand-alone format:



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